After you file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, it can seem like you are waiting and waiting for the decision and the benefits payment to arrive. If you want to know the status of your pending SSD claim, there are several things you can do to make sure the process is moving as fast as possible and to find out the status of your claim.
Checking on the Status of My SSD Claim
You can check on your pending SSD claim either by contacting your SSD attorney’s office for an update, or you can get some basic information from the Social Security Administration’s website. Go to your social security account at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/. If you don’t have an account yet, you can register and access the information you need. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can call your SSDI attorney or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.
On the website, you will be able to get limited information, but it may answer your question about where you are in the process. The website shows you the date of filing, which Social Security Office is currently handling your claim, and any scheduled hearing date and time.
How Long Should My SSD Claim Take?
The average waiting time between when you or your SSD lawyer files the claim and when you hear a decision is between three and six months. During that time, your claim is being reviewed to see if you qualify for benefits according to your work history and by your claimed disability.
Your claim’s first stop in the process is the local Social Security Administration office and your state’s Disability Determination Service (DDS). Once the local SSA office confirms you are qualified by the non-medical criteria, it sends the claim to the DDS for a determination of your medical qualification.
Reasons for Delay
The DDS issues the initial decision to approve or deny your claim. The time it takes for their decision is partially affected by their workload and their backlog. Their job is to verify and assess the medical information supporting your claim. In some cases, they will request additional medical information or a consultative examination (CE) to clarify a medical issue. If the DDS is overwhelmed with work, it may mean your claim gets little in-depth attention. Unfortunately, some people think that those cases are often denied because it is the quickest and easiest way to clear them from the pile.
If a claim is initially denied, you and your SSDI lawyer will decide what step to take next. Depending on the reason for the denial, the next step may be to request a reexamination by the DDS, or an appeal hearing may be scheduled before an administrative law judge (ALJ). An appeal must be filed within 60 days of your denial decision. Then you can wait months longer for the hearing to be scheduled and conducted. The ALJ will draft a decision and have it transcribed. If the judge approves the transcript, you will get the decision. If the transcript is not accurate, the ALJ will send it for corrections before notifying you.
The most frequent reason for an unnecessary delay in processing your SSD claim is missing documents. If you work with an expert Social Security Disability lawyer from the start, you can be sure your application package will be complete with every document required to establish your eligibility for benefits, including all available supportive medical records and test results.
Quicken Your SSDI Claim Process — Get an Experienced SSD Lawyer
Countless Social Security Disability applicants suffer delays in processing their claims because they did not include the correct supporting medical reports, or they failed to include medical documents detailing other impairments that contribute to their overall disability even though another major illness is the basis of the claim.
The Law Office of Daniel Berger specializes in preparing, supporting, and advocating for your SSDI claim. Our entire organization is devoted to ensuring that you receive the SSD and SSI benefits you deserve; you earned those benefits through years of hard work. Our firm is an expert in every detail of the laws and regulations that apply to Social Security Disability benefits.
We’ve represented SSD claimants for 25 years. Our experience brings us a deep understanding of your impairment. We’ve learned thoroughly how each impairment affects people who’ve suffered from that illness or injury. We use that knowledge to build a compelling claim package backed up by clear, supported medical evidence from your doctors and therapists.
The Law Office of Daniel Berger will represent you through every stage of the claim process, from our first interview with you to learn about your circumstances, to the final resolution of your case.